Momentum is building behind 'Zero Dark Thirty' and Kathryn Bigelow as potential Best Picture and Director winners respectively, the movie scooped three of the four top prizes at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards.
The movie itself scooped Best Picture, Bigelow took home Best Director and the film's star Jessica Chastain grabbed a Best Actress accolade.
The drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was named the best film of the year alongside recognition for the director. The Awards recognition comes just a few days after film and director won the two top film making honours from the New York Film Critics Circle.
The movie is on limited release in the US from December. 19, and seems to be escaping any controversy over the access Bigelow was given to CIA files.
The Board of Review, which gave the Best Actor Award to Bradley Cooper for his role in 'Silver Linings Playbook', founded in 1909, is described as a "select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young film makers and students".
Although the NBR rarely picks the same film as the best of the year as the Academy (over the past few years they only matched up on 2008's 'Slumdog Millionaire'), but combine the nod with the New York Critics' Awards and it begins to look as if 'Zero Dark Thirty' is building up some serious Oscar momentum.
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